One nation under God?

Kor, James Samuel



ONE NATION UNDER GOD? (pledge of allegiance for 21“ century America) With more homeless citizens than ever before and the gap between the rich and the poor widening fiirther every year; with education of the nation’s children having been made inadequate; with over two million people in the country’s jails and prisons, most of them salvageable yet worth more to the government as an exploitable commodity to feed the criminal justice juggernaut; with struggling-to-survive families being pushed out of their residences as a result of spiraling rents and the selling of real estate to foreigners in places like Silicon Valley and Marin County, California; with poor and powerless citizens (mostly ethnic minorities) having LIFE sentences inflicted upon them for minor offenses, such as Failure To Appear at a scheduled court hearing (also in Marin County, California); with hard-working, decent, salt-of—the-earth people losing their retirement savings and college funds for their children due to politician- facilitated corporate crimes and massive fraud on Wall Street; with the consequences of greed- motivated job outsourcing impacting adversely upon everybody except the insatiable profiteers behind it; with the Citizens United “FOR $ALE” sign on American democracy itself and all but tattooed on the foreheads and palms of today’s politicians who shamelessly prostitute themselves for trifles; with a disgustingly long list of current and former senators, governors, U.S. Representatives, judges and presidents impeached, under investigation, indicted, convicted, or deserving to be; with the increasing frequency of government corruption scandals and treason being committed by, and then excused by, both those at the highest level; with the U.S. being shamed before the entire world as the first Western nation to be investigated for human rights violations by Amnesty International; with anti-American anger having been caused to escalate to levels endangering all and steadily rising further due to reckless behavior by our arrogant, power- drunk public servants; with random sniper killings, school shootings, family mass murders, freeway shootings, mall shootings, workplace shootings, church shootings, acts of terrorism having become routine and viewed by those most to blame as an acceptable inevitability — all symptoms of a decaying society (“A just system of human government is stable, but violence resonates in the unjust system”); with vacation destinations all around the world becoming dangerous places for U.S. citizens to visit and only a matter of time before suicide bombings occur within our borders; with our government implying that it represents the average American while it sanctions secret prisons, torture, wholesale wiretapping of citizens, kidnappings and murders; with despicably corrupt police, prosecutors, and judges perpetrating all manner of injustice supposedly in the name of the law and a civilized society; with truly evil tyrant scum in our government having incrementally advanced their agenda to butcher our BILL OF RIGHTS, eviscerate THE GREAT WRIT of habeas corpus, and significantly dilute the protections enshrined in both the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT and VOTING RIGHTS ACT; with America’s sons and daughters sent off to forfeit their lives and be crippled in wars started on the basis of lies and our military’s generals and admirals being cowardly and complicit by tolerating such; with the resurgence of racism being instigated and encouraged by those at the top who profit politically by divisiveness more than they could through a united people; is it not time to modify our Pledge of Allegiance so that it more accurately reflects reality? How about rewriting the pledge (national anthem too?) so it acknowledges the dystopian landscape we have passively allowed our so-called leaders to drive our nation into? Let’s put a selfish, sexist, racist, integrity-lacking, false-bravado—projecting, corrupt and mentally deranged moron’s vow right in the face of the flag itself. Hail to the Coward Hypocrite Imbecile Embarrassment Failure and- unless there is the awakening of courage and true patriotic duty within all- say goodbye to what our country was constitutionally promised as its destiny; “...a more perfect union.” Replace the flag’s fifty stars with dollar $ymbol$. Change the blue background to U.S. currency green. Change the red stripes to blood red stripes, dripping. Print the following pledge within the flag’s white stripes: I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE INDICTED $TATE$ OF AMERIKKKA, AND TO THE POLICE $TATE FOR WHICH IT FELL, ONE NATION UNDER GREED, DIVIDED BY INEQUITY, WITH LIBERTIE$ AND JU$TICE UP FOR $ALE. it “If we ever lose country, it will not be from without, for we are strong militarily; if we lose our nation it is because it rotted from within.” —Abraham Lincoln “The decay spreads over the State, and the sweet smell is a great sorrow on the land... And the failure hangs over the State like great sorrow... And the smell of rot fills the country. . . There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation. There is a sorrow here that weeping cannot symbolize. There is a failure here that topples all our success ...In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.” -John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath James Saruel Kor, Sierra Consewation Center B—68—13 low 5150 O'Byrnes Ferry Road _ Jamestown, CA 95327 Prlsoner 34

Author: Kor, James Samuel

Author Location: California

Date: June 15, 2018

Genre: Essay

Extent: 2 pages

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